Cranbourne - Race 5 3:00pm AEST
No. 1 Pure Deal
Pure Deal almost picks himself in a race that doesn’t hold much depth.
The Dundeel five-year-old has been the model of consistency this prep, winning three of his last four starts for trainer Bevan Laming.
He let down well from midfield to score at Sale two weeks ago and should appreciate getting back on rain-affected going now. This race isn’t any tougher and he draws to go forward and make his own luck on speed.
Cranbourne - Race 6 3:30pm AEST
No. 5 Scorpius
Scorpius was unlucky not to run a place first-up at Geelong when making up good ground late from the rear to run fourth.
The form out of that race reads well behind a couple of smart types, and he does have a win on the board over heavy going to his name.
The son of Deep Field was a winner second-up at Sandown earlier in his career, and the wide draw should aid him to get back and save his best for late.
Cranbourne - Race 7 4:00pm AEST
No. 3 Battaglia
Battaglia was scratched from yesterday’s race at Canterbury in favour of this, and it does look a more suitable assignment on a track he’s familiar with.
The Brett Scott-trained five-year-old has placed in two of his three starts here at Cranbourne, including last time out when he ran on late for third behind recent Moonee Valley winner, Spanish Tides.
He’d probably appreciate a slightly drier track at time of publish, but that form and his class should take him a long way.
Cranbourne - Race 8 4:30pm AEST
No. 4 Dickensian
Dickensian strips fitter third-up following a decent run on the synthetic at Ballarat a few weeks ago for third.
The Tavistock four-year-old loomed the winner at one point inside the final 200m but reportedly didn’t take to the synthetic track.
He gets back on the turf now, and while he’s had only the one start on rain-affected going, he does look set to peak in his third run back. Brian Higgins was responsible for his maiden win back in February, and the pair reunite here from a good alley.